Worst State Ever
180 years ago Michigan resolved a long-standing dispute with Ohio regarding who owned the disputed "Toledo Strip". For those of you not aware of this dispute, it comes ultimately out of cartography. Way back when, it was decided that Michigan's lower border would be determined based on the southernmost border of Lake Michigan.
By 1836, it was clear that the cartography was a bit off, and that based on earlier calculations, Michigan's borders were farther north than further believed. This pushed the Glass City of Toledo into Ohio. Michigan took the principled position that the rule was that the map should be adjusted so that Michigan was not punished for crappy
reffing cartogrophy. Ohio was dickish about it, and on a technicality claimed ownership of Toledo - and blocked Michigan's application for statehood on this basis.
This calumny would not stand, and Ohio and Michigan's respective militias entered what is known as either the Toledo War or the Michigan-Ohio War. Shots were fired (and, apparently, a stray hog was mortally wounded), and ultimately Congress intervened. Michigan ceded the Toledo Strip, and in turn was rewarded the entire U.P. Seems like a good trade in retrospect.
While at first it seemed a bad idea to give up a growing city for an "expanse of wasteland", the discovery of copper in the U.P. (along with rich timber resources) made the idea seem better from the perspective of the Great Lakes State.
So the point of this post? Jebus, it's 180 years, and we got the better of The Buckeye State. I promise not to repost this story for 20 years.
See here: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/12/happy_anniversary_upper_peninsula.html#0
This could probably be posted under the other "Hate Week" threads, but I figured it really needs its own. This should be posted every year during this week as a reminder of , well.....the Michigan Difference. A great piece written so well, I read it every year in the last week in Novemeber.
Thank goodness it's in Ann Arbor this year!
In a recent Gallup poll on "The Happiest States in America," Ohio came in at 46th. Of course, no one at mgoblog is surprised by this.
Michigan came in at 37, so we can't crow about it too much, I guess. Perhaps the situation in Detroit and surrounding environs had an impact? One of the indices, work environment, was a strong factor in North Dakota (my state of birth!) coming in number 1. Interestingly, many of the states in the lowest quintile were in the deep South and the land of the SEC (i.e., Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee.) It is an enjoyable light read if you're interested in that kind of thing.
So I posted this in another thread, but thought that there's just too much win in this for it not to be shared far and wide. There is apparently a film coming out that chronicles four days in the Buckeye wilderness. It seems like a brilliant work of trolling, but I believe the intention is actually to demonstrate how passionate their fans are.
Suffer through about a minute of ohio hype film and be rewarded with the most tremendous, couldn't have trolled better myself, and irony-free, celebration of cooler-pooping! Without further ado, I give you the trailer for, "Across the Field!"
Great Big Shout Out to the Number One Son! My oldest son, is a huge Michigan football fan, and is right now on the road from Minnesota to Virginia (Fort Lee). He wanted everyone at his favorite blog to know that he changed his route so as to not have to travel through Columbus. Caleb texted me from the border (HELLO: Worst State Ever). He is refusing to stop and or spend money anywhere between Indiana and the east side of the state!
That's right. You heard me. Go Bucks. O-H, and whatnot.
I've noticed a number of people on Twitter saying that they still can't root for OSU this weekend, even though an OSU win (coupled with a Michigan win over PSU) means Michigan's first Big Ten regular season title since
1837 1986. So, as someone who would really like to see that, I simply don't understand the impulse to root against the Buckeyes in this situation.
So, my question to those who will be rooting against OSU is this: what's up with that?
EDIT: I forgot WBB was taking on Ohio today. Title changed to reflect the fact that for today, OHIO SUCKS, and we wish all of the bad things in the world to happen to them and no one else.